Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Dawn Redwood

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Delicate green feathery leaves in summer and gold in autumn. Height & spread after 10yr over 6m x 2m. Read more


  • Deciduous
  • Tree shape: Conical
  • L Size: Large
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Open space planting
  • Attractive bark
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Wet tolerant
  • Autumn colour

Container Options

Size Form Price
Rootstock Size 7L container Form - £56.00
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Full Description

Description: A large tree of conical habit. Soft flaky cinnamon bark. Bright larch green leaves during summer becoming tawny pink and golden in autumn. Small green cones turn brown when ripe. One of the most rewarding of trees to plant for the future.

History: First seen by a Chinese botanist in 1941, despite knowledge of its existence in pre-historic times from fossil records. Seeds were collected in 1947 and sent to the Arnold Arboretum, whence they were distributed to many gardens in America and Europe in 1948. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Metasequoia Growing Tips: Grow in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered position with sun or partial shade. Very tolerant of air pollution and waterlogged soils. Excellent specimen tree grows quickly to considerable height.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 6m x 2m

Some FAQs

Tree Care

Your tree will have been pruned prior to despatch so there should be no need to prune straight away. The only exception is a bare root maiden which will not have been pruned. Some varieties will benefit from being pruned later – please see the variety specific information.

We would advise watering your tree when planting and then regularly during the first summer in the ground. Thereafter the level of watering will depend on the soil and weather conditions. It is best to not let young trees dry out.

A free booklet with simple instructions will be included with your order.

You can find more information in the ‘Advice’ section of our website. Click here for ‘How to Plant a Container Tree’ and here for ‘How to Plant a Bare Root Tree’.

Trees should always be planted as soon as possible. The only exception would be bare root trees if the soil is very frozen or waterlogged, in which case heel the trees in until the ground is ready. Bare root trees must be planted before new growth appears in spring, this is usually in March.

If your tree is to be kept in a container, then we’d advise repotting into a larger container as soon as possible. Please check to see whether the tree is suitable for a pot before purchasing.


We currently offer 10% off all orders for active Military personnel and veterans.

Email with proof of service to We will then send you a coupon code which can be used for 10% off your total.

Please note this cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.


Yes, you can collect the trees from the nursery. Please select the ‘Collect’ option when placing the order. We will email you as soon as your order is ready for collection, we will then need at least two working days to prepare your order.

The delivery charge is calculated according to the number of boxes needed to send the trees. One container grown tree will need one box; bare root trees vary but we can usually get about three in a box. The total delivery cost will be shown when you place the order.

We currently do not deliver to any addresses outside of mainland Great Britain.

We will notify you by email when your order has been despatched. It will usually be delivered within three days from notification.

Our boxes are 2 metres tall and 30cm square.

We are unable to offer a scheduled delivery service as we cannot guarantee an exact delivery date. We can aim for a specific week if you let us know.

Our courier company will leave the package in the safest place if there is no one there, so there is no need to sign for the delivery.

Container grown trees are available from August – May and bare root trees are available from November – March. We always aim to deliver your order as soon as every item is ready for despatch.

If the whole order is ready when purchased, it usually takes between 5 and 10 working days to arrive.

See below for a guide on when bare root trees are usually ready for despatch.

Early November – Two year old plums, cherries, apples and then pears.
Late November – One year maiden plums, cherries, apples and then pears.
Late November/Early December – Ornamental prunus, sorbus, thorns, malus and then pyrus. 

This is an estimate as the lifting of bare root trees is very weather dependent.


If you are unhappy with your tree when it arrives, please email within five working days and we will get back to you as soon as possible.